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2018 – 2019 Jockey of the Month Awards

January Jockey of the Month  – Sam Jukes

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The PPORA Road To Stratford Jockey of the Month Awards shine the spotlight on noteworthy and remarkable riding achievements from around the Areas,  as with all of our  “… of the Month” awards it’s not just about riding the most winners it’s about recognising personal achievement  in the widest sense of the word

These awards are a great opportunity to find out more about the riders who make our sport so exciting to watch.  In the course of every season we see riders ranging from the true Corinthians who swop week day desk jobs for saddles at weekends to  ambitious newcomers with dreams of professional riding career.

This variety was reflected in this season’s winners who included newcomers, weekend “hobby jockeys”,  owner riders, a former conditional Jockey, and a former Pony Racer, and two  riders hoping to progress to professional ranks in time.

You can find out more about our winners – and why we chose them below


2018 – 2019 Jockeys of the Month

November – December:  We made an exception and chose two – both novice riders.

Gordon Hopkinson a London based lawyer during the week he’s a true Corinthian Amateur – who describes Pointing as “Perfect for adrenalin junkies with fast metabolisms!”  and his riding style as “Flies by seat of pants” click here to read more

Liam Harrison is one of this season’s newcomers and got off the mark first time out landing a Men’s Open at Larkhill.  “Most days now I pinch myself!” he told us – find out why by clicking here 

January: Sam Jukes atrainer-rider with a remarkable strike was named our February Jockey of the Month – click here to read more about Sam Jukes

February: A specialist equine vet by profession, Jennifer Harrison epitomises the true amateur race rider at the heart of Pointing.  Lined up against Clare Hardwick and Gina Andrews in the Cottesmore Ladies Open – a bold ride in board Brackloon High delivered success for Jennifer.  Find out more about Jennifer by clicking here 

March:  Choosing between racing and rugby was an easy one for Northern Area novice rider Lyall Hodgins who’s based with Nicky Richards and looks a great young prospect to emerge from the Northern Circuit.  Found out more about Lyall by clicking here 

April – May : With a bank holiday double and a brilliant ride on Southfield Theatre to hold the persistent challenge of Alex Edwards and Optimised up the Cheltenham Hill in the four miler our final award of the season in this category went to Lily Bradstock


2018 – 2019 Jockey of the Season

Sam Jukes -another good season for Sam, whose highlight was giving his one term supporter, owner Clive Bennett his much longed for first winner at Cheltenham Cheltenham Hunter Chase – trailblazing his way to success on Clive’s homebred Marcle Ridge. A former Conditional jockey, Sam’s enthusiasm for Pointing is infectious and he is a great ambassador for the sport.

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